The second day of the quarter-finals, gave us some very exceptional matches. The French pair of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut defeated the English pair of Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot, 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. While Inglot hit a forehand which indeed hit Murray’s head, slightly; Mahut went into the Z-row to return a shot, it would have been the shot of the year, had France won the point. The spectators joyously appreciated him, cheering “Nico! Nico! Nico!” from the stands.
France will be the host to Serbia in the semi-finals from 15-17 September this year, as the Serbs defeated the Spanish team, 3-0. The only doubles rubber was lost by Marc Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta, to Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. The Spanish pair, after being bagelled, fought back, but eventually failed to impress in the decider.
USA and Italy, held the ray of hope, as the teams won their respectively doubles rubber today, against Australia and Belgium respectively, both in five sets. The latter countries now lead 2-1.
Asia/Oceania India and Kazakhstan have already registered themselves for the next rounds, as the teams are leading, 3-0; also, Thailand and Iran have the same standings, from group 1 and group 2 respectively. New Zealand and Indonesia are leading 2-1 against their opponent teams.
Americas Brazil is leading 2-0, while Chile and Colombia are standing at 1-1 in group 1. Barbados & Guatemala, Venezuela & El Salvador, are at 1-1, from group 2.
Europe/Africa Hungary are already through, though they lost a match today against Slovakia, now at 3-1. Belarus and Portugal were leading, and are still leading, 2-1, lost a match each today. Netherlands is leading against Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2-1, in group 1. Sweden lost a match today, are 2-1 up, while South Africa has paved the way, 3-0. Lithuania and Denmark are at 2-1, in group 2.